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BIM to appear in tender documents in spring

Contractors will see BIM requirements in public sector tender notices from March 2012, with the Ministry of Justice likely to be the first government department to test a project.

Cabinet Office head of BIM implementation David Philp (pictured) said 18 contracts with BIM competence as part of the prequalification questionnaire would be piloted, the first in March.

Chief construction adviser Paul Morrell said the government was setting aside seven-figure sums to help the industry implement BIM.

The Cabinet Office steering group is holding meetings with different departments to explain what is required of them. Mr Philp confirmed the Ministry of Justice was the forerunner.

The government is mandating BIM across all its contracts by 2016. For the trial projects supply chains will be asked to record and share data in a spreadsheet.

Mr Philp said: “We want to see the right procurement and set the right rules but we also want them to get down to the industry supply chains. We are working with other departments to make sure this is not just about buildings.

“Let’s not limit the learning to the public sector, let’s talk to people in areas like aviation and expand the BIM conversation.”


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  • Mark Oliver H+H UK Ltd

    Do we know what is mean't by "mandating BIM across all Government contracts by 2016". In partcular is this about contractors using BIM to create a "manufacturing model" using information extracted from the different architectural, structural, mechanical & electrical designs (be they on 2d CAD, 3d CAD or even BIM) plus information from the supply chain or is about using BIM right through from concept design to detail design, manufacturing & assembly, commissioning and asset management? Or, if someone uses BIM for something somewhere on the project, does that tick the box?

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  • If we were to take the view that really construction is large scale one off bespoke manufacturing. You would actually be better off looking at the Korean ship builders rather than the aircraft industry for best practise in BIM.

    Here they drive construction cost savings (via clash detection, 4D modelling etc. ) through an accurate, inclusive, upfront design of a virtual building (just a floating one). That implies a single model (or at least a master one) with clear ownership and management.

    I guess this eutopia is shattered when we see the way projects are delivered commercialy, unlike ships where the process from design to comission is "in house", construction involves numerous firms from different disciplines working under contracts with punitive clauses. Ultimately there are lots of people in the process looking out for their own backs.

    My guess is we won't fully realise BIM potential and "We use BIM for our bit" (to check the government tick box)

    Formal issuance of flat 2D drawings inevitably will be the "legal position" of many firms to protect themselves in cases dispute.

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